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Military badges come in many different shapes and forms as well as have different meanings within each branch of service in the military. The military badge can serve for public safety (such as Military Police or Air Force Security) within military units. These are similar to police, sheriff and fire badges.
Custom military badges also serve as an award or to signify rank. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, etc. all have their own personal history and significance when it comes to their military badge. All our military badges for sale will carry the SymbolArts “jewelry quality” standard that we pride ourselves on. We plate our badges with 24K gold that gives your military badge division the pride it’s history deserves.
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History of Dog Tags
During the Civil War, soldiers used various methods of tagging themselves for purposes of identification in the event of death on the battle field. Many wrote their names on paper tags and pinned them to their clothing. Some made tags out of wood with carved holes at the end to be worn as a necklace. Coins were also smoothed over and engraved with their name and unit number.
Metal military dog tags originated during World War I. Tags manufactured between 1941 and the early 1970’s had a notch in one end. It is a myth that the notch was used to wedge between the teeth of fallen soldiers. The notch was actually needed to keep the tag in place on the machine that was used to stamp the military personel’s surname (follwed by initials), service number, branch of service, blood type and religion (if desired by the individual). The process for stamping the tags has changed, and the notch is no longer needed.